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Banff National Park

Canada's first national park, spanning Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers.

Watch the sunset on a riverside stroll or feel the breath of glaciers in the alpine. Take your pick of over 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) of maintained trails. Many of the park’s most famous hikes are easily accessible from the Town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise.  

Banff National Park also incorporates historic sites such as Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Banff Park Museum National Historic Site of Canada.

Banff National Park Fast Facts

  • Established in 1885 as Canada’s first National Park (third in the world) and was the birth of Canada’s vast national parks system.
  • Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The mountains are around 45 to 120 million years old.
  • The park encompasses Banff, the highest town in Canada at an elevation of 1,384 m (4,540 ft).
  • Banff is home to Alberta’s southernmost herd of the endangered woodland caribou.

For more information visit Banff National Park.

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews
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“Overdeveloped town with nice options”
Overdeveloped town with nice options
October 14, 2021, by fgon73
Nice National Park but a bit overdeveloped for my taste. The place is indeed nice, but expect to pay for it. The lakes are a must. Expect late check ins at hotels around 4pm or even later. Food...
October 13, 2021, by vincer792
Be careful when you go to banff and park....the signs are EXTREMELY missleading. The "peace officer" (parking control) are extremely ignorant and will treat you like dirt on your shoes. The wanna be...
“Third and last visit to Banff”
Third and last visit to Banff
August 24, 2021, by Susan S
Banff has become too touristy, too busy. This was our third visit and will be our last. The crowds are crazy. The roads in town have been taken away for walking, buses and outdoor dining, so...